Monthly Archives: June 2008

Who’s Adjusting the Climate in Tucumcari: Cows, Canals, or Hansen?

On Sunday I posted about the USHCN climate station of record in Tucumcari, NM highlighting its positive points since it has all the hallmarks of a well sited station with a long and uninterrupted record. But something was odd with the … Continue reading

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Reader Poll: James Hansen calls for trials of energy executives, what next?

BUMPED for visibility. Originally published on 6/24. Bumped on 6/28 and again on 6/30 This poll will gauge reader perception to the issue that Dr. Hansen of NASA has recently raised that I cover in my post here. One vote per … Continue reading

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What a great USHCN station looks like: Tucumcari

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog showing how badly maintained and situated the stations in the USHCN network are. And rightly so, the majority of them have issues. But, finding the good ones is actually more important, … Continue reading

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Astronomical Society of Australia publishes new paper warning of solar quieting and global cooling

A new paper published by the Astronomical Society of Australia titled: Does a Spin–Orbit Coupling Between the Sun and the Jovian Planets Govern the Solar Cycle? contains a warning about earthly climate change not immediately obvious from the abstract: Based … Continue reading

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Sun: Still quiet, over two months since a cycle 24 spot seen

Its all quiet on the solar front. Too quiet. It has now been almost 2 and a half months since the last counted cycle 24 sunspot has been seen on April 13th, 2008. There was a tiny cycle 24 “sunspeck” that … Continue reading

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Coloring the Models: Climate Change through Color Change

NOTE: Mike alerted me in comments about this article he wrote along the lines of my story on Color and Temperature: Perception is everything. I thought this would be good to examine again.  This article below is re-posted from John … Continue reading

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Algal Fuels and Massive Scales

Guest post by John Goetz I keep an active watch of the news for progress being made in the areas of renewable and alternative energy sources. One area that has caught my eye is algal fuel (biofuel produced by algae). … Continue reading

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Color and Temperature: Perception is everything

Recently I had some of my readers comment that they thought that The Weather Channel and USA Today (which uses TWC graphics) temperature maps seemed to look “hotter”. They suspected that the colors had changed. I tend to watch such … Continue reading

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Kroger nixes global warming “policy”

Question: Why does a major grocery store chain need a “comprehensive policy addressing climate change”? Answer: They don’t. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that one of the nations oldest and largest grocery firms, Kroger Inc., based in Cincinnati, OH rejected a shareholder … Continue reading

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Debate Thread: Miskolczi semi-transparent atmosphere model

This thread debates the Miskolczi semi-transparent atmosphere model.  The link with the easiest introduction to the subject is

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Surprise: Explosive volcanic eruption under the Arctic ice found

I posted on a similar story about volcanic eruptions under Antarctic ice earlier this year. What is unique about this situation is that it was a large eruption that went completely undetected, and under pressures that they thought not possible. … Continue reading

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RIP George Carlin – whoosh!

Since George has been “acted upon by nature”,and we’ll miss him, I thought this video of his “saving the planet” sketch might be a fitting epitaph. My favorite line of his, from the “hippy dippy weatherman” act was: “Why on TV … Continue reading

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A new view on GISS data, per Lucia

For some time I’ve been critical (and will likely remain so) of the data preparation techniques associated with NASA GISS global temperature data set. The adjustments, the errors, the train wreck FORTRAN code used to collate it, and the interpolation … Continue reading

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The “Hippocratic Oath” for Scientists

Here is an interesting note from grrlscientist at scienceblogs: “In response to what appears to be a growing problem, a group of people at the Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto in Canada wrote a scientist’s version of … Continue reading

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Warming on 11 year hiatus? How about cooling?

A guest post by Basil Copeland Lucia, at, has been musing over Tilo Reber’s posting of a graph showing flat 11 year trends in the HadCRUT land-ocean global temperature anomaly and the two MSU satellite data sets, UAH and … Continue reading

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NASA’s Jim Hansen calls for energy company execs to be put on trial

He’s got the whoooole woorld in his hands… This troubling news from the Guardian, UK “James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on … Continue reading

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Midwest Floods and Unjustified Climate Change Fear Mongering

A guest post by Mike Smith, CCM and AMS Fellow. The Midwest floods were rolling downstream last week, setting river stage records in Iowa, bursting levees on the Mississippi, and causing thousands to be displayed from their homes.  Billions have … Continue reading

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If Global Warming was a company decision, how would you vote?

Lucia at Rank Exploits poses this thought: “I always think it’s best to ask yourself: Do I really think a particular method of looking at data is meaningful? Would I still believe this if the answers turned out “wrong” from … Continue reading

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